[unav_all] Postdoctoral Research Position in Geodesy and Seismology, University of Oxford

Barry Parsons barry.parsons at earth.ox.ac.uk
Thu Mar 26 09:44:04 MDT 2009


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UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARTH OBSERVATION

CENTRE FOR THE OBSERVATION AND MODELLING OF EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANOES AND 
TECTONICS (COMET+)


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the 
integration of geodetic and seismological observations to determine 
earthquake rupture mechanisms.

The research will be carried out under the direction of Professor Barry 
Parsons in collaboration with Dr David Robinson in the Department of 
Earth Sciences, Oxford University.  The objectives are to combine all 
available geodetic measurements (InSAR, GPS and satellite 
photogrammetry) of earthquake deformation with seismological recordings 
of the earthquake to increase the spatial and temporal resolution of 
earthquake rupture histories.

COMET+ is a consortium of scientists in the Universities of Oxford, 
Cambridge, Leeds, Reading and University College, London that forms the 
Dynamic Earth and Geohazards research group of the National Centre for 
Earth Observation funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. 
The group’s aim is to bring the full suite of satellite observations, 
together with theoretical analysis, to bear on scientific questions 
about the earthquake cycle, volcanic processes, and continental 
deformation, and to provide new constraints for seismic and volcanic 
hazard assessment. The group collaborates in its research with 
scientists in many parts of the world, including China, Ethiopia, 
Greece, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey and the USA.

The post holder will be responsible for integrating the inversion of 
geodetic and seismological observations currently used to determine 
earthquake rupture mechanisms. He/she will coordinate the use of InSAR 
by the group to investigate earthquake mechanisms and will contribute to 
multidisciplinary forensic investigations of significant events. The 
project also involves collaboration with scientists at the Universities 
of Kyoto and Tsukuba, and there will be the opportunity to visit Japan 
to further the research.

Candidates should have a background in seismology, geodesy or related 
fields of geophysics, and experience with the application of geophysical 
inverse theory. The post holder will be encouraged to develop their own 
research interests.

The starting salary for the post will be on the University Scale 7, 
£28,839 to £35,469 per annum. The appointment will start as soon as 
possible, and will be for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications, with three copies of a full curriculum vitae and the names 
and addresses of three referees, should reach Kyra Smith, Department of 
Earth Sciences, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PR, kyra.smith at earth.ox.ac.uk 
no later than Friday 22nd May.  Further particulars are available on 
request. Please quote reference DG/09/01. Informal enquiries about 
scientific aspects of the post may be addressed to Prof. Barry Parsons 
(barry.parsons at earth.ox.ac.uk ).

The University operates an equal opportunities policy


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